We transformed the outdated website of the Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind (HSB) into a modern, accessible, and user-friendly platform. By leveraging the power of WordPress and incorporating comprehensive accessibility tools, the aim was to enhance the organisation’s online presence, increase engagement, and ensure inclusivity for visually impaired individuals.
The Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting visually impaired individuals in the Huntingdonshire area. The previous website had become outdated, difficult to navigate, and lacked the necessary accessibility features. Recognizing the need for a more inclusive and engaging online presence, HSB approached a team of web developers to revamp their website.
Improve Accessibility: Ensure the website is accessible to individuals with visual impairments or disabilities by incorporating industry-standard accessibility features.
Enhance User Experience: Create a user-friendly website design that promotes easy navigation and provides relevant information for visitors.
Modernise the Design: Update the visual aesthetics and layout to align with current web design trends and best practices.
Integrate Dynamic Content: Implement a content management system that allows HSB to easily update and maintain their website without technical expertise.
Process and Implementation:
Planning and Research:
Conducted a thorough analysis of the existing website, identifying usability issues and accessibility gaps.
Collaborated with HSB stakeholders to understand their requirements, target audience, and desired functionalities.
Chose WordPress as the content management system for its versatility, user-friendly interface, and extensive plugin ecosystem.
Developed a WordPress theme that combined modern design elements, responsiveness, and accessibility considerations.
Ensured compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA standards.
Implemented accessibility tools, such as screen reader compatibility, keyboard navigation, high contrast options, and text resizing functionality.
Conducted thorough accessibility testing throughout the development process to identify and address any issues.
User Experience and Design:
Created an intuitive and user-centric navigation structure, ensuring easy access to key information.
Enhanced the visual appeal with a modern, clean, and visually pleasing design.
Optimised the website for various devices, ensuring a seamless experience across desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.
Content Management and Training:
Provided HSB with training on how to use the WordPress dashboard to update and manage website content.
Implemented a user-friendly page builder tool to simplify content creation and editing processes.
Results and Impact:
The revamped website for Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind successfully achieved the project goals and delivered the following outcomes:
Enhanced Accessibility: The website now adheres to WCAG 2.1 AA standards, ensuring inclusivity for visually impaired individuals.
Improved User Experience: Visitors can easily navigate and find relevant information, promoting greater engagement and interaction.
Modern and Engaging Design: The website’s visual aesthetics and layout align with current design trends, leaving a positive impression on visitors.
Empowered Content Management: HSB staff can efficiently update and manage website content using the intuitive WordPress dashboard.
By leveraging WordPress and incorporating comprehensive accessibility tools, the revamped website for Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind has successfully transformed their online presence. The improved accessibility and user experience have resulted in increased engagement and inclusivity for visually impaired individuals, reinforcing HSB’s mission to support and empower the visually impaired community in the Huntingdonshire area.